Corruption deadlier than cancer: Modi

Booed down by crowd, Hooda says won’t attend any function with Prime Minister.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Kaithal | Updated: August 20, 2014 3:20 am
Modi and Hooda in Kaithal on Tuesday. Modi and Hooda in Kaithal on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated his ‘mission Haryana’ Tuesday with a message of development and eradication of corruption. Without referring to any scam and ignoring the “No 1 Haryana” slogan of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also present at the event, Modi said that corruption was deadlier than cancer and was eating into the country. He also said development in Haryana was inadequate and needed strong push that would now be given with the new government in place.

When the CM began to speak, the crowd hooted him down and BJP workers moved forward, booing. Hooda ignored and continued to speak as no effort was made to stop them. While addressing reporters after the function, an enraged Hooda regretted the way the crowd had behaved. “I will not participate in any such function of the Prime Minister in future. The function at no point looked like an official one but seemed to belong to the BJP,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi was conspicuous by his absence. Despite Bishnoi’s threat that he would take a call on the alliance afresh in case he was not invited, there were conflicting claims on his invite. While Bishnoi maintained he was not invited for the function, BJP leaders pointed towards a chair at the venue with the HJC leader’s name when asked about issue. BJP sources said that he was sent an invitation by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) as it was not a party function. Meanwhile, sources close to Bishnoi said that the HJC was perturbed over the way it was ignored by the BJP that has now backtracked from the agreed terms and conditions of the alliance. Modi did not mention either the upcoming Assembly elections or the future of the alliance in his address.

Speaking after inaugurating the 166-km-long four-lane project on Kaithal-Rajasthan border, he said that a new chapter of development will now be opened in the country. Modi also announced that on the pattern of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Pradhan Mantri Sadak Pariyojna, the government will start Pradhan Mantri Village Sinchai Yojna to take water to the fields in the villages.

“We need to take strong steps and strict action to end corruption. People said that I did not speak against corruption from Red Fort on Independence Day. But I said that day also that the attitude of ‘mera kaya aur mujhe kaya’ was harming the country. We have to change it to make the country corruption free,” Modi said during his first visit as PM to the poll-bound state.

Flanked by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he said that development in Haryana was not enough. “We have seen that there was tremendous development on the National Highway No 1 that connects the country with Jammu and Kashmir. But as you travel a little inside the town, you find how the state lacks development,” he said.]

In a scathing attack on the state government, Modi said that I have come to know that there are many projects for which money has been released but are in limbo since two to four years. “We will ensure that all these projects are completed on time,” he said.

He also said that the old system to develop infrastructure has to be changed. “Roads spoil in the first rain. Funds are released but you do not know that who’s pocketing the money. The world is looking at us. We have to come to a level that our roads are raised at international level,” he said.

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  1. S
    Aug 20, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Congress deadlier than cancer
    1. JS JS
      Aug 20, 2014 at 4:45 am
      Many of us voted Modi Jifor corruption free India. Following actions of Modi Government suggestthat this government also supports corruption just like UPA.[1 ] Modi slapped billion hopes when he formedhis ministries with 34% people having criminal cases. [ 2 ] Modi ismum on VAYAPAM Ghutala.[ 3 ] Modi is mum when CAG highlightedirregularities amountingto more than RS 25,000 crore under MODI'S regimein Gujarat which includes Rs 1,500 crores in undue benefits to companies,including Reliance, Adani and Essar.[ 4 ] Modi is mum on recent CAG report thatreliance got undue advantage worthRs 22,842 crores in case of 3G and 4G spectrumallocation.[5] On July 23 2014 Modi government strip thecapital's anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the powers to probe chargesagainst two ministers in the UPA regime-Veerappa Moily and Murli Deora andMukesh Ambani on charges of fixing gas price to benefit Reliance.[ 6 ] On Aug 06 2014 Modi government goes tohigh court to save former Congress Petroleum Ministers and Reliance. Infact High Court refused to hear Modi government.[ 7 ] Aug 13 2014 News comes out that the cagedparrot of government, CBI has tried to stop trial against RelianceTelecom.[ 8 ] On Aug16 2014 BS dyurappa, formerKarnataka BJP chief minister who hadbeen in jail for corruption and looting thenation is made one of the vice-presidentsto take BJP and Modi policies forward.[ 9 ] On Aug19 2014 Modi government try to savethe corrupt andtells Delhi high court that the power of its ACBto probe graft against formerUPA ministers and Reliance gas has been takenaway by a recent notification ofthe Modi Government.
      1. S
        Aug 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm
        Why is urappa promoted in BJP? Days of fooling easily are over.
        1. M
          mahendra agarwal
          Aug 20, 2014 at 2:28 am
          dear prime minister... what about roads in mumbai?? last 25 years its same here like in haryana... RAINS COME AND ROADS DISAPPEAR.. NOBODY KNOWS WHERE MONEY GOES...